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Frequently asked questions & Resources

How long does the euthanasia procedure take?

Most visits for euthanasia will take about 1 hour. This can vary based on your pet’s response to the sedation, which can take a little as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes to take effect, or if they require further sedation. Time will also depend on your specific needs. We do not want to rush this procedure and want it to be as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.

Can I hold my pet during the sedation and euthanasia

You can definitely hold, cuddle with, and talk to your pet during the entire procedure. Alternatively, you can also choose not to be present for any part of the procedure and can step out of the room or come back in at any time, whatever feels right and is comfortable for you.

Should other family pets be present during the euthanasia?

Other pets in the house can benefit from seeing their friend before and/or after the procedure so they can better understand and process what is happening. Just like people, animals can also go through the grieving process, so having them present for some of the time can help them grieve properly.

Should children be present during the euthanasia?

It all depends on the age of the child and their emotional maturity. If they are old enough to understand, it may help to have a discussion with them about death and euthanasia and let them choose if they would like to be present or not and for some or all of the procedure.
It is important that children feel comfortable and able to ask questions freely, and for you to be honest with them regarding what is happening. Try to avoid using the phrase “going to sleep” as this can be confusing to a child. It is also important to allow children to grieve and show emotion if they need.
It may help with the mourning process by including children in activities to honour their friend, like putting together a scrapbook, making a song about their friend, or drawing pictures. If you are planning a burial of the ashes, consider holding a ceremony to commemorate the pet.

What are the choices for payment?

At this time, payment can be made at the appointment with a debit card (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express). If payment is made with a credit card, then a service fee is applied.
We are hoping to implement an online form of payment in the future.
A price list can be e-mailed ahead of the appointment if requested.

Grief support and resources

Pet loss support group

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement:

Distance therapy support group

This website was created by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC. She has been a hospice counselor for 17 years.

Animal companion loss books for children

Saying goodbye to Lulu – by Corrine Demas
Jasper’s Day – by Marjorie Blain Parker
When a Pet Dies – By Fred Rogers
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney – by Judith Viorst
My Pet Died: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children – by Dr. Alan Wolfelt

General loss books for children

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf – by Leo Buscaglia
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children – by Doris Stickney